Medical students head to Cuba

2009-09-12 13:06

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal department of health is to send 15 young people to Cuba to train as doctors, it said in a statement on Saturday. This after 19 others returned to the country recently, following intensive training in that country.

"Being a doctors is a calling... always remember that health is a human right," said KZN health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Dhlomo said this while addressing the new recruits and the 19 graduates at a ceremony held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli central hospital in Durban on Friday.

"Always take cognisance that as a country, we truly respect and appreciate the progressive and unselfish gesture of the Cuban government and its people to unreservedly give our aspirant doctors time, expertise and positive energy to learn in that country and be allowed to come back to practice in South Africa where they are needed," Dhlomo told the new recruits.

He said the 19 graduates not only made their parents proud, but the entire country.